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Fossil collecting success at Bracklesham
Apr11

Fossil collecting success at Bracklesham

A fabulous day fossil hunting along the shore in Bracklesham, West Sussex.  This thrilled Rockwatcher is holding  a perfect cemented collection of nummulites.  

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Shropshire Fossil Collecting Fieldtrip on Sunday 7th May
Apr07

Shropshire Fossil Collecting Fieldtrip on Sunday 7th May

A fabulous day with lots of fossils to collect! You’ll get to put on a hard hat and hi-vis vest and discover Silurian fossils with Eddie Bailey and Susan Brown.  It will be Rockwatch’s fifth visit to this favourite spot where you’ll be able to see rocks of the Silurian Period in the Much Wenlock Limestone Formation.  The benches and tips in the quarry contain typical reel fossils including trilobites.  Lots to find...

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‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Oxford Museum of Natural History
Mar30

‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Oxford Museum of Natural History

Fascinating ‘Behind the Scenes’ visit.  Briefed in the main hall then off to explore the areas the public don’t usually get to see.  Rockwatchers spoke to real palaeontologists and found out what work they do.  Inspiring!

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Volcanoes – New Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Mar07

Volcanoes – New Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford

From fire-belching mountains to blood-red waves of lava, volcanoes have captured the attention of scientists, artists and members of the public for centuries.  This exhibition in the Weston Library at the Bodleian has eye witness accounts, scientific observations and artwork charting how understanding of volcanoes has changed over the millennia. Some of the most spectacular volcanic activity is in the exhibition: the 79AD eruption of...

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Previous Rockstar Entry for Inspiration! William Smith map in Lego.
Feb23
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Call to Students!
Feb21

Call to Students!

Older Rockwatcher may well be interested in a Student Conference being held by the Geologists’  Association (GASS)  at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London on Friday 19 May.  It’s an all day event aimed at undergraduates with talks and posters.  It’s a chance for the public, industry and academia to meet the next generation of geoscientists!  The keynote speaker for the day is Professor Iain Stewart, Director of...

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Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – Sunday 30 July to Thursday 3 August 2017
Feb14

Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – Sunday 30 July to Thursday 3 August 2017

Rockwatch will again be exploring the amazing Jurassic World Heritage Coast of Dorset and East Devon.  This will be its 15th Residential trip there and it never ceases to be the most exciting event with new finds and places to explore every time. This year there is a slight change in the timings and the trip now runs from Sunday to Thursday. We will again be staying at Leeson House Field Studies Centre which has excellent facilities. ...

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New books for keen Fossil Hunters
Jan26

New books for keen Fossil Hunters

Two brilliant guides have just been published that are a great guide for anyone wishing to explore the rocks and fossils of Bracklesham and Bognor in West Sussex.  David Bone is the author and he’s well known to Rockwatch members as he has led us on trips to the area.  In fact, there’s another one that he is leading on Monday April 10th.   (Places are filling up fast so book quickly if you’d like to come along!)  His...

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Adela Breton Exhibition in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Jan24

Adela Breton Exhibition in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

In your latest copy of Rockwatch magazine (Issue 74 pages 8/9) you’ll see the wonderful work of Adele Breton (1849-1923).  She was an unusual Victorian gentlewoman who travelled around Mexico studying the country when most of the women of her day were tied to the home.  Anthropology and the ‘new’ science of geology captured her interest and she spent her time travelling, exploring cultures and landscapes, often...

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Behind the Scenes at the Oxford University Museum – Saturday 8th April 2017
Jan24

Behind the Scenes at the Oxford University Museum – Saturday 8th April 2017

Meet some very old fossils!  Go behind the scenes with Rockwatch at the Oxford Museum of Natural History and have a close encounter with some of it’s hidden treasures.  You’ll be taken around by geologists who work there who will share their expertise with you.  Only 40 parents and children (who must be over 7) can go on this event and they will be in groups of 10.  It’s a fabulous opportunity to see what the general...

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Amber specimen offers rare glimpse of feathered dinosaur tail
Jan10

Amber specimen offers rare glimpse of feathered dinosaur tail

A dinosaur tail complete with its feathers has been discovered trapped in a piece of amber.  Even though these aren’t the first to be found, earlier specimens have been difficult to definitively link to their source animal.  This tail consists of eight vertebrae from a juvenile preserved in 3D with microscopic detail.  Professor Mike Benton from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, former President of the...

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Dippy the Diplodocus is on the move!
Nov22

Dippy the Diplodocus is on the move!

Dippy the Diplodocus is about to begin a tour of the country – visiting a cathedral, a parliament or a community centre near you! Since 1905 Dippy has been living in the main entrance hall of the Natural History Museum and has delighted visitors ever since, but now it’s time to be seen outside the capital. Dippy is a replica of a near-complete Diplodocus carnegii skeleton uncovered in the western USA in 1898. King Edward VII saw...

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Rockwatchers Fossilhunting
Sep26

Rockwatchers Fossilhunting

Rockwatchers out and about.  An excited group of new and existing Rockwatch members had a great time exploring the Silurian sediments of Whitman’s Hill Quarry last Saturday.  Lots of fossils were found including two superb trilobites and a range of brachiopods and...

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Jurassic Fossil Hunt in a Farmer’s Field! – Saturday 8 October 2016
Sep12

Jurassic Fossil Hunt in a Farmer’s Field! – Saturday 8 October 2016

After the farmer has harvested there’s a chance for Rockwatchers to have a forage in his field.  The field in particular is near Chedworth in Gloucestershire and the fossil finds can be wonderful!  Susan Brown and Mark Baggott will be there to help you.  And there is even possible overnight accommodation for those of you who have to come a long way. It starts at 11.00 and will finish at 3.00 Booking is essential and there is a...

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